That’s Right Nate

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If McCain Let Me Deliver a Republican Convention Speech

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John McCain believes in America. And he knows that it’s not enough for just some of us to prosper. For alongside our famous individualism, there’s another ingredient in the American saga, a belief that we are all connected as one people.
If there’s a child on the south side of Chicago who is unable to find a suitable charter school, that matters to me, even if it’s not my child.
If there’s a senior citizen somewhere in South Carolina who can’t proudly display her faith on her license plate that makes my life poorer, even if it’s not my grandparent.
If there’s a man in Texas who is unable to buy as many guns as he wants at the local gun show that threatens my civil liberties.
It is that fundamental belief — it is that fundamental belief — I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sisters’ keeper — that makes this country work.
It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family: “E pluribus unum,” In God we trust.
Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.
Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America.
There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.
The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States: red states for Republicans, blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We are terrified of terrorist attacks in blue states, and we don’t like heavy corporate tax rates in red states.
We want strict constitutionalist judges in blue states and, yes, we’ve got some black friends in the red states.
There are patriots who oppose bombing Iran, and there are patriots who support bombing Iran.
We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of servicee?
John McCain calls on us to service. John McCain calls on us to hope. I’m not talking about blind optimism here, the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don’t think about it, or health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it.
That’s not what I’m talking. I’m talking about something more substantial. It’s the hope of business owners eating lunch at the rotary club; the hope of militias and minutemen patrolling our nation’s borders; the hope of a young naval officer captured in Vietnam; the hope of a young man in the air national guard patrolling the skies of Alabama looking for trouble, who believes that America has a place for him, too.
Hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope: In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation, a belief in things not seen, a belief that there are better days ahead.
I believe that we can give our corporations tax relief and provide working families with a steady trickle down of wealth and employment.
I believe we can provide guns for the gunless, mortgages to the mortgageless, and reclaim young people in cities across Iraq from violence and despair.
I believe that we have a righteous wind at our backs, and that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices and meet the challenges that face us.
America, tonight, if you feel the same energy that I do, if you feel the same urgency that I do, if you feel the same passion that I do, if you feel the same hopefulness that I do, if we do what we must do, then I have no doubt that all across the country, from Florida to Oregon, from Washington to Maine, the people will rise up in November, and John McCain will be sworn in as president. And this country will reclaim it’s promise. And out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come.


Written by thatsrightnate

June 9, 2008 at 6:06 am

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  1. I guess that’s good. I kind of dozed of while reading it. That probably means it’s right on target for McCain.


    June 9, 2008 at 7:57 am

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